Dustin Neil Gilbert, 24, was southbound on Eighth Avenue at about 1:20 a.m., when he said he took his eyes off the road for a minute, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
He claimed he didn’t have enough time to avoid a collision when he looked back.
Gilbert’s car struck a paving machine that was being loaded onto a trailer at the side of the road. The impact caused a Bobcat on the trailer to fall off and land on its back in the middle of the road. The driver of the paving machine was not injured.
An ambulance transported Gilbert to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Wildfong said the asphalt company had just completed working on a driveway and the crew was loading up their equipment.
The crash is still under investigation.